Scrub typhus causes deaths in several districts in Himachal Pradesh, India

Several districts are reporting deaths due to scrub typhus. The affected districts include Shimla, Solan, Bilaspur, and Mandi. In Shimla, 7 people have died, while at least 250 infected people have been reported from these districts.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure for the general traveller depends on individual activities. This illness is transmitted by the bites of infected mite larva (an insect). During the wet season, these insects are usually found in tall grass and other vegetation. If diagnosed early, it can be successfully treated with readily available antibiotics. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to scrub typhus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mite larva (insect) bites, especially if hiking or camping in rural areas. If symptoms develop after mite bites, seek medical care at once.